Why a Colorful TS7 doesn’t need to compete with “reputation”; as an Album, a Story, or an “Era”:
Sometimes it just really hits me. Having the opportunity to spend time with Taylor was absolutely euphoric and has provided me with such strong evidence that even the most impossible goals or dreams can become real, whether that happens by chance or luck or just fundamentally wishing so so hard for something to happen. The day of the Rhode Island secret session really was something I have had dreams about and even though I see the photo every time I unlock my phone, it usually doesn’t actually sink in. The entire thought that a 10 time Grammy award winning global superstar is giving me a hug in her living room is so overwhelming, but that’s not even the part that gets me. It’s when I see footage of Taylor being her normal and human self, like in her recent Beats 1 interview.
In spending time with her, I truly feel that I got to know the authentic person she is and though I wouldn’t have expected anything otherwise from her, it’s so attributable that someone at that level of “fame” was able to bring us into her home, share personal stories, and exist freely in her natural state.
As this new era begins, everyone is noting its strong contrast with that of the reputation era. Having had this experience with Taylor during the reputation era, I initially have been feeling a bit bumbed that it keeps being glazed over as a dark and tainted and distant portion of Taylor’s story. Though on the surface there definitely were some more angsty emotions (rightfully so) coming through parts of the album process, it did also convey a raw illustration of love. I’ll always have such a soft spot for Delicate and New Years Day, because even though Taylor looked great performing Look What You Made Me Do in her black snakeskin - dark lipstick ensembles, the natural blond curls, warm smile, and flowy beach blouse wearing girl that I spent an evening with shined through in those songs.
The way Taylor reflected on this era in the Beats 1 interview actually brought me to tears. She so eloquently said that reputation acted as a protective bunker that was needed at that time in her career- and though she opted to not provide “further explanation” about her personal thoughts or emotions- she only became even closer with us.
“The relationship between me and my fans really actually strengthened throughout the course of reputation and that is something that I think I’ll look back on and find to be one of the most beautiful times in my life.”
And that’s where I cried. We have come full circle. reputation is a story about finding love and freidnships while being tragically missunderstood; and the era itself faces being misunderstood as a dark spot in Taylor’s life. Instead, because of the support we all give as well as receive from Taylor, we can reflect happily on the reputation era. Taylor, thank you for all that you’ve done. You read the last page, and we stayed… and we can’t wait to read the next chapter. 💖 @taylorswift